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POINT OF VIEWS

5uu's

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Greger
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4 stars David Kerman formed 5uu's in 1984, inspired by the Rock In Opposition (R.I.O.) movement. "Point Of Views" contains 5uu's first LP "Bel Marduk & Tiamat" (1984), their 7" single "Bar Code" (1985) and their second LP "Elements" (1988), together with a song from the "ReR Quarterly Vol. 3, #3" compilation. It's the first time that these albums are available in the CD format. You can follow the whole career and progress of this version of the band.

5uu's music has reminiscences to King Crimson, Samla Mammas Manna, Thinking Plague and the music of Chris Cutler, Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser.

This is an essential time document and a must have for those who like R.I.O. inspired music, but also for those who already own the original LPs. Also listen to: Dave Kerman / 5uu's fifth album "Regarding Purgatories" (2000).

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Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
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3 stars Composed from the group's two early albums on the legendary Recommended Record (ReR) label plus bonus tracks (from singles or label samplers), now re-issued on the great and no-less legendary Cuneiform label and could've been called 5UU's 84-87. As said in the separate album reviews, 5UU's debut album was definitely more accessible than Thinking Plague or Skeleton Crew, and this 2-on- 1 set of albums is a rather interesting deal for those willing to explore Kerman's group's early career.

The Bar Code single (here as track 9 & 10) is much in the line of the musical conduct of the group and could've easily fitted on the Marduk album, even if the luine up recording the single's songs is fairly different than on the album, but also having some musicians (Ando, Turnert, Johnston) as guest on the Elements album. .

But if you're like me and you prefer Elements, you're not likely to be that interested in these two albums presented on the same disc, partly because both albums are very differtent in moods and Marduk pales too much in comparison with Elements that it sounds almost like another group. As for the ReR sampler track, it comes from the following year and has the same basic line-up of Elements (without the Totemist Guild), but even if closely linked with Elements, it sounds sufficiently different (but nothing shocking either) but is not that welcome after such an outstanding album as Elements. I'd say that the general sound and production differences are too big to include them on the same disc.

So it will not be often that I will not recommend one of these "early works" compilation, but in this case, I find that Elements deserves its own disc while the Marduk album is more expandable and not really essential. Your call, but I'd pass on this deal..

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Posted Friday, November 16, 2007 | Review Permalink

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